Notre Dame's Van De Casteele Named American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - University of Notre Dame soccer standout Grant Van De Casteele has been named the 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.
 
A senior from Plano, Texas, Van De Casteele will receive a $4,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. The Conference also announced the male winners of the 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. Each institutional winner receives $2,000 toward graduate studies. Van De Casteele is Notre Dame's second BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year selection, joining Errol Williams, who was the 1998 winner as a member of the Irish track & field team.
 
Van De Casteele played every minute of every game for Notre Dame in the 2012 season - the only player on the team to do so - on his way to All-BIG EAST Third Team and All-Great Lakes Region Third Team accolades. He started all 22 games as a central defender for the Irish, who went 17-4-1 overall, 5-2-1 in BIG EAST play, won the BIG EAST Championship title and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Championship. 
 
Van De Casteele, who was chosen as the Most Outstanding Defensive Performer of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship, helped Notre Dame to 21 shutouts in the last three seasons, including nine in 2012. He scored one goal during the season - the gamewinner against eventual NCAA champion Indiana during the regular season.
 
Van De Casteele, who holds a 3.715 grade-point average as a finance major, has twice been honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-Region selection. He serves as Notre Dame's representative to the BIG EAST Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is a peer advisor for Notre Dame's First Year of Studies department. 
 
Van De Casteele's community outreach has included participation with a South Bend elementary school, where he helped students prepare for the state's standardized test, and work with the Special Olympics of Rhode Island with his colleagues from the BIG EAST Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has assisted with Notre Dame's annual pediatric Christmas party as well as with local soccer camps to benefit the Salvation Army.
 
The American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2012-13 academic year. Thirty student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST's 15 member institutions) will be named as the winners of the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The conference also names male and female American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year and an American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
 
 
2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete Awards

 

School

Name

Sport(s)

Major

Cincinnati

Chase Beckman

Track & Field

Finance

Connecticut

Kevin Smith

Track & Field

Doctor of Physical Therapy

DePaul

John Pavelko

Golf

Public Relations/Advertising

Georgetown

Benjamin Furcht

Cross Country/Track & Field

Mathematics

Louisville

Peyton Siva

Basketball

Sociology

Marquette

Kyle Winter

Track & Field

Finance & Marketing

Notre Dame

Grant Van De Casteele

Soccer

Finance

Pittsburgh

Adam Maczewski

Swimming & Diving

Information Science

Providence

Wilder Arboleda

Soccer

Political Science

Rutgers

Jeff Melillo

Baseball

Finance

St. John's

Sean Hagan

Baseball

M.S., Accounting

Seton Hall

Jon Prosinski

Baseball

Accounting

USF

Luke Sager

Football

M.S., Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies

Syracuse

Ryan Nassib

Football

M.S., Accounting

Villanova

Michael Kanla

Golf

Communication

 

American Eagle Outfitters Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Year      

Name, School, Sport

1985

Joey David, Pittsburgh, Basketball

1986

John Prior, Connecticut, Track & Field

1987

Harold Jensen, Villanova, Basketball

1988

Dave Echeverria, Villanova, Swimming & Diving

1989

Chris Craft, Villanova, Swimming & Diving

1990

Pat O'Kelly, Seton Hall, Soccer

1991

David Honor, St. John's, Baseball

1992

Steve Holman, Georgetown, Track & Field

1993

Hector Zamora, Seton Hall, Soccer

1994

Sebastien Goulet, Swimming, Syracuse

1995

Kevin Lyles, Seton Hall, Track & Field

1996

Gil Kovalski, Miami, Tennis

1997

Christian Fogarazzo, St. John's, Track & Field

1998

Errol Williams, Notre Dame, Track & Field

1999

Angelo Ciminiello, Providence, Baseball

2000

Scott VanEpps, Pittsburgh, Swimming & Diving

2001

Chris Hamblin, Boston College, Soccer

2002

Gregory Strohmann, Seton Hall, Soccer

2003

Casey Schmidt, Boston College, Soccer

2004

Chris Wingert, St. John's, Soccer

2005

Guy Melamed, Boston College, Soccer

2006

Trevor O'Grady, Rutgers, Track & Field

2007

Drew Eckman, Villanova, Track & Field

2008

Jeremy Stultz, Pittsburgh, Swimming & Diving

2009

Zak Boggs, USF, Soccer

2010

Francisco Aristeguieta, USF, Soccer

2011

Brian Karalunas, Villanova, Lacrosse

2012

Eric Finan, Cincinnati, Cross Country/Track & Field

2013

Grant Van De Casteele, Notre Dame, Soccer